Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 25, 2011)
Word of the Day

extortionate

Definition:(adjective) Greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation.
Synonyms:exorbitant, usurious, outrageous, steep, unconscionable
Usage: The extortionate price of designer clothes makes them all the more desirable to those that can afford them.
Article of the Day

Robert's Rules of Order

Robert's Rules of Order is a book of regulations for the conduct of meetings in an orderly manner. The rules were first published in 1876 by American army officer Henry Martyn Robert, who had been asked to preside over a church meeting a few years prior and discovered that neither he nor anyone else knew a proper or consistent way to conduct meetings. Today, almost all US organizations adopt Robert's Rules of Order in their bylaws. What recent changes have been made to the rules? More...
This Day in History

Six-Year-Old Etan Patz Abducted in New York (1979)

In 1979, Etan Patz left his apartment by himself, for the very first time, to walk the two blocks to his school bus stop. He never made it there. His disappearance was widely covered by the media and led to the implementation of new methods for tracking down missing children, such as the milk carton campaigns of the 1980s. In 2010, the Manhattan district attorney announced that he had reopened the case into Patz's disappearance. Who was found liable for Patz's death in a civil case in 2004? More...
Today's Birthday

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1878)

Robinson was an influential virtuoso tap dancer. An innovator, he was reputedly the first to dance on the balls of his feet instead of in the earlier flat-footed style. He began dancing professionally at the age of eight and became a popular nightclub and vaudeville performer. He first performed on Broadway in 1928 and was the first African American to star in a Ziegfield Follies. He appeared in 14 Hollywood features in the 1930s and 40s, including four that he made with which child actress? More...
Quotation of the Day
In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

fresh-faced

Of or having an appearance of health, vitality, and/or youthfulness. More...
Today's Holiday

Moving Day (Scotland)

The idea of packing up one's belongings and changing residences on a particular day has been a tradition in many countries. In Scotland, it was called Flitting Day and took place on May 25. The decision of whether to "sit or flit" was up to the tenant, but "flitting" seemed to be more common. On Flitting Day, they had to vacate their houses by noon, which often meant a great upheaval for the family during the preceding day or two. Apparently, the novelty value of flitting outweighed the boredom of sitting. More...
In the News

Preparing for a Zombie Apocalypse

In case of a zombie apocalypse, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted an emergency preparedness plan on its website. While officials at the government health agency do not truly believe that the undead are poised to overrun the country, they thought the blog post would be a good way to get the public's attention and teach them survival tips that would be beneficial not only in the case of a zombie apocalypse but also in the event of an actual emergency. The ploy generated so much web traffic that the CDC's servers crashed at one point. More...
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